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EU to propose Google, Facebook tax in 2018, says Juncker

Tallinn - The EU will propose a new tax on tech giants such as Google and Facebook next year despite opposition by several states that fear a blow to their economies, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.

Britain 'unconditionally' committed to EU security: May

Tapa - Britain is "unconditionally committed" to European security despite Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May told British troops stationed with NATO in Estonia on Friday, as EU leaders met to discuss the future of the bloc.

'Miracles' needed for Brexit progress, EU warns

Tallinn - The EU warned Friday that Britain needs a miracle to unlock the next phase of Brexit talks by next month, as leaders discussed the post-Brexit reform vision of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Merkel says France, Germany 'agree' on EU reform

Tallinn - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday hailed a deep consensus between France and Germany on the future of the EU in her first reaction to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious EU reform speech.

Merkel backs Macron reform plans at EU dinner

Tallinn - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday hailed French President Emmanuel Macron's new vision for Europe as EU leaders held a frank debate on reforming the bloc.

Turkey accuses Germany of using EU as 'tool' in row

Tallinn - Turkey's European Union affairs minister on Friday accused Germany of trying to use the EU as a "tool" in its festering row with Ankara and called for an end to the "vicious cycle" of acrimony between the two sides.

Britain, EU will work 'together' on Irish border: Boris Johnson

Tapa - Britain and the EU will work "together" to solve the Irish border issue during Brexit talks, British foreign minister Boris Johnson insisted on Friday, after the bloc's negotiators said it was London's responsibility to find a solution.

Britain backs kicking N. Korean workers out of EU

Tapa - Britain backed moves Friday to expel North Korean workers from the European Union as part of fresh sanctions to punish Pyongyang after its latest nuclear test.

EU defence ministers put to test in mock cyberattack

Tallinn - A major cyberattack targets European Union military structures, with hackers using social media and "fake news" to spread confusion, and governments are left scrambling to respond as the crisis escalates.

EU preparing to boost sanctions on N. Korea: Mogherini

Tallinn - The EU is preparing to boost its own sanctions against North Korea, the bloc's diplomatic chief said Thursday, as part of international efforts to punish the rogue state for its latest nuclear test.

EU countries urge caution on Turkey membership talks

Tallinn - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's call to end Turkey's EU membership talks met resistance Thursday from many of her European partners, who warned against hasty action against a crucial ally.

NATO on guard ahead of major Russian war games with Belarus

Tapa - NATO has put Moscow on notice that it will be keeping a close eye on a major military exercise with Belarus next week, in a region still on edge after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Pence sketches possible Patriot deployment in Estonia, vows US support

Tallinn - US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday raised the possibility of deploying the Patriot anti-missile defence system in Estonia, one of three NATO Baltic states worried by Russian expansionism, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said.

Pence in Estonia to ease Russia fears in Baltic region

Tallinn - US Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday visits Estonia to reassure the three Baltic NATO members, concerned over neighbouring Russia's military activity, before continuing on to Georgia and Montenegro with the same mission.

EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood

Tallinn - EU interior ministers on Thursday pledged to back an urgent European Commission plan to help crisis-hit Italy, which has been overwhelmed by a wave of migrants arriving by sea from North Africa.

I still don't have a smartphone, admits EU's Juncker

Tallinn - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted Friday that he had not yet joined the smartphone revolution, as he helped launch the EU presidency of digital-savvy Estonia.

EU's Juncker admits: 'I still don't have a smartphone'

Tallinn - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted Friday that he had not yet joined the smartphone revolution, as he helped launch the EU presidency of digital-savvy Estonia.

US sends stealth fighters to Russia's backyard for NATO drills

- Two of the US Air Force's most advanced warplanes, F-35 stealth fighters, landed for the first time in Estonia on Tuesday for exercises in the small NATO state amid tensions with neighbouring Russia.

British tanks join NATO battle group in Estonia

Tallinn - British army equipment including tanks and self-propelled guns on Wednesday arrived by boat in Estonia, part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank to deter a militarily resurgent Russia, according to Estonia's defence forces.

Baltic PMs sign deal to build high-speed rail link

Tallinn - Baltic state leaders inked a deal Tuesday to build a high-speed rail link to Berlin and Western Europe that has taken on added significance due to concerns over a resurgent Russia.
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